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Laptop Lending

Where can I borrow a laptop?

The Du Bois Library’s Circulation/Reserves desk provides Apple MacBook Air and Dell Latitude laptops for borrowing - exclusively for the use of UMass-Amherst students - on a first come, first served basis.


  • Actively enrolled UMass-Amherst students may check out a laptop.
  • A valid UMass-Amherst UCard is required. A second picture ID may also be requested.
  • Wireless access available throughout Du Bois Library
  • One laptop per person. Laptops may not be reserved in advance.

Loan Periods

  • 24 hour loan
  • One online renewal permitted for an additional 24 hours (maximum).
  • After returning a laptop, the borrower must wait at least one hour to check out another one.


  • Return equipment to a staff member at the Circulation/Reserves Service Desk on the Lower Level of the Du Bois Library.
  • Equipment returns due on Friday or Saturday are due back 30 minutes before the Library closes.
  • Please do not return equipment to another service desk, a drop box or a Library book return!

Fees and Damages

  • Borrowers are responsible for security and prevention of damage to equipment while it is in their possession, including loss or damage to laptop resulting from returning to a library book return drop box.
  • Call (413) 545-2624 or contact us at immediately if item is lost or damaged.
  • Borrower should not leave laptop unattended for any length of time! Borrowers are responsible for any equipment that is lost, damaged or stolen.
  • Borrowers are responsible for late fees and replacement costs for laptops given to a third party to return.
  • Late fees are $20.00 per hour or fraction thereof - maximum overdue fine of $480.00.
  • $10.00 non-refundable billing fee and $15.00 processing fee are added to all replacement bills.

 Replacement Costs

  • Borrowers will be billed the total replacement cost of overdue, lost or stolen laptops or related components as listed below: 
ItemReplacement charge
Total Replacement Cost - Dell Latitude E5450$1,050.00
Total Replacement Cost - Apple MacBook Air$1,275.00
Apple AC Power Adapter$80.00
Dell 65W AC Power Adaptor$70.00
Power cord only$10.00
Nylon Carrying Case$50.00

mac air3
MacBook Air
Dell latitude 14 E5450
Dell E5450 Laptop